Sarat Pujari

8 Aug 1934
12 May 2014
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Sarat Pujari (8 August 1934 – 12 May 2014) was an Indian film actor, director and producer in Odia film industry (Ollywood). He was originally from Jhaduapada, Sambalpur.

After completing his education he started his career as a block designer and Publicity agent. In 1959, He joined as a lecturer in Economics in Panchayat College, Bargarh which he quit in 1966. Then, He joined Tapang Light Foundery, Nayagarh as a Works Manager. For so many years he worked as the Principal of larambha College, Larambha.

Pujari became very interested in drama and other performing arts during his time as a student. At that time the Oriya film industry was not as developed as it is today, producing no more than one film each year. At that time he was offered a role in film Laxmi puja. At one point Pujari was the star of the Oriya film industry. He has acted in about 40 films, as well as some television serials. He has also directed few Oriya films, including Tapoi and Ashanta graha.

The Government of Odisha conferred upon him the “Jayadev Award of 1985” for his significant contribution to Oriya Film Industry. He was also honored with first Hemant Das Kala Samman Award, Kadambini Samman Awards for 2010 & Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award for the year 2007. Now he occasionally acts in films and television soap operas. He also played a negative role in the International award winning movie called Bhukha in (1989).

On 12 May 2014 he suffered a cardiac arrest at around 12:30 AM and died at his house in Bhubaneshwar.He is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons. His son Soumen Pujari is also an actor.

Awards

  • Orissa Cine Artist Association Award (2012)
  • Hemanta Das Kala Samman, 2011

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